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Updated: 27 April 2015
Sword made of iron.
- Found/Acquired: Chittagong Hill Tracts
- (Asia,Bangladesh,Chittagong (district),Chittagong Hill Tracts)
- Height: 79.1 centimetres
- Width: 19 centimetres
- Depth: 1.3 centimetres
- Weight: 940 grammes
Given by Arthur Bridge, 26/6/1872. Christy Additions (1868-77), p.245, no.2.Notes from Register slip:
'Presented by A Bridge Esq. June 26 1872. Garo. Curious sword made of one piece of iron, the blade double edged, the flat handle having a transverse iron spike as a cross-guard.
L. 31 1/4 ins
From the Stuart Sale 1830. 2nd day, Lot 5
One of four swords from the Chittagong Hills.
Figured in the Cat.of the Christy Coll.
A similar sword is figured in ''A Sketch of Assam'' by an officer of the Hon E.I.C.S. p.184, as Garrow.
Major Austen read a paper on the Garos, before the Anthrop. Inst. of Gt Brit. & Ireland 1872, and attributed a drawing of one of these swords, his specimen has the cross spike ornamented with short tassels - the native name for it is ''darai''. Major A stated that the swords were made for the Garos by Bengalee [Bengali] smiths.'
Purchased by John Bridge at Stuart Sale, Christie's, 12/6/1830, Lot 5.
- As1872C1.8330 (old CDMS no.)
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Object reference number: EAS2675
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